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what is osteomylitis and its causes,symptoms and treatment

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Causes of Osteomyelitis:
Infection may also spread to a bone from infected skin, muscles, or tendons next to the bone, as in osteomyelitis that occurs under a chronic skin ulcer (sore).
The infection that causes osteomyelitis can also start in another part of the body and spread to the bone through the blood.
A current or past injury may have made the affected bone more likely to develop the infection. A bone infection can also start after bone surgery, especially if the surgery is done after an injury or if metal rods or plates are placed in the bone.

Symptoms of osteomylitis are:
Bone Pain
Fever
General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill-feeling
Chills
Excessive Sweating
Low back pain
Swelling of ankels, feet and legs

Treatment for Osteomyelitis:
Antibiotics will be given to destroy the bacteria that are causing the infection. You may be given more than one antibiotic at a time. Often, the antibiotics are given through an IV (intravenously, meaning through a vein) rather than by mouth. Antibiotics are taken for at least 4-6 weeks, sometimes longer.
Surgery may be needed to remove dead bone tissue if you have an infection that does not go away.The open space left by the removed bone tissue may be filled with bone graft or packing material that promotes the growth of new bone tissue.
When treatment is received, the outcome for acute osteomyelitis is usually good!

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